Bruce Levine, the Green Shadow Cabinet’s Assistant Secretary of Health for Clinical Mental Health, recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post entitled “The Green Shadow Cabinet and a Mental Health Declaration of Independence”. Here’s an excerpt:
The Green Shadow Cabinet, launched in spring 2013, is led by 2012 Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. Its purpose is to provide an ongoing opposition and alternative voice to the dysfunctional U.S. government — and to demonstrate what a government of, by, and for the people (rather than of, by, and for giant corporations) looks like. As the Green Shadow Cabinet’s Assistant Secretary of Health for Clinical Mental Health, my first action is to propose a Mental Health Declaration of Independence from Big Pharma. I invite a public reaction to this declaration, which is both abolitionist and restorational:
1) abolishing the corruption by giant drug companies of mental health institutions, research, and practice; and
2) exhuming buried truths about the relationship between a dehumanized society and emotional suffering.
Abolishing the Corruption by Big Pharma of Mental Health Institutions, Research, and Practice
In what has become a “psychiatric-pharmaceutical industrial complex,” giant drug companies have corrupted mental health institutions, research, and practice. Most major mental health organizations and institution from which the general public and doctors receive information are financially interconnected with Big Pharma. This practice needs to be abolished by law.